Meet the Expectations of Community as Corporate Citizen
with Local Social Actions
As a business supported by community and society, the Lintec Group continues steady activities to support various social action. This Highlight section features one of the disability aid activities that Lintec has been pursuing in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward, where its head office is located.
【Lintec】Planning and Conducting an Unique Event Together with Itabashi Ward Office and Community Volunteer Organization
A corporation cannot continue its business activities without the understanding of the community and society. In carrying out CSR activities, the Lintec Group sincerely listens to the voices of people in the community to meet their expectations.
The Lintec Group conducts its social activities with the following three principles: "realistic", "sustainable” and "community-based” activities. For example, Lintec has hosted the "LINTEC Fureai Concert” according to these principles. With the aim to "connect with people by music", this musical event has continued since 2010. Persons with disabilities and their helpers in Tokyo Itabashi Ward where Lintec has its head office, people from neighboring areas, Lintec employees and their families are invited as performers and audience.
"In the very first planning stage, we were determined to be actively involved in planning and carrying out a unique event", says Akihiko Bito who is the chairman of the Lintec Social Contribution Committee and was in charge of the planning of this event.
"We co-sponsored the event with the Itabashi Ward Office, and Lintec employees were personally engaged in the arrangements for the venue, the program planning and publicity activities. We were committed to plan a unique concert so that the performers and the audience can share the joy of music. The jazz band members included some Lintec employees.
From the Itabashi "Hohoemi no Kai” association of parents of children with Down syndrome, the member children performed a sign language dance and played hand bells", continues Bito.
For persons with disabilities and their families it is often difficult to participate in a music event as there are many hurdles to cross. In fact, many of the participants in this event said that they had never even been to a concert before. "It was not easy to plan this event. Every year, we repeat trial and errors to make the event a happy experience for the participants. But when I saw smiling children swaying happily to the rhythm of the music, all my fatigue disappeared", says Bito.
In planning and conducting this concert, Lintec employees personally interacted with people from a variety of circumstances and backgrounds. It was a valuable experience and opportunity for them to deepen their understanding of diversity*.
- *Diversity: Diverse characteristics that exist among people and groups
【Lintec】To Meet the Expectations of Communities Around the World
The music concert is just an example of many of the volunteer activities conducted by the Lintec Group. Local offices and sites of the Lintec Group in Japan and overseas conduct various social activities for their local communities, such as support for local events and beautification and clean-up projects.
According to its policy of maintaining close connections with the community, the Lintec Group is committed to implement CSR activities globally to meet the expectations of "communities” throughout the world.
【Participants】 We enjoyed the event, which was very encouraging for families with disabled children.
I participated in the Fureai Concert with my daughter in fall 2013. I've never participated with my daughter in this kind of musical event before. I was little bit worried that the performance would not be very interesting for children because the band was a jazz band. But as they also played cartoon songs, my daughter and I could enjoy the performance. I was also very proud of my daughter and her performance. She played the hand bell and danced a sign language dance proudly in front of such a large audience. It is very encouraging for families with disabled children that a company takes initiative in providing this kind of opportunities to interact with society. I hope Lintec will continue this activity in the future.
【Volunteer Organization】Communication beyond the barrier of disabilities is a valuable opportunity for promoting mutual understanding
The "Hohoemi-no-Kai” is an organization for children with Down syndrome, persons with disabilities and their families. Since the start of the Fureai Concert in 2010, Lintec has invited our members to the event. It is a wonderful event to listen to live performances, and it is also a valuable opportunity for our members to communicate with Lintec employees, their families and people in the neighborhood. In daily life, the interaction that children with disabilities have with others is often limited to their families and helpers. This concert encourages children with disabilities to connect with society and it also promotes mutual understanding between the disabled and the non-disabled. We are very grateful to Lintec for hosting this great event.
【Itabashi City】Inspired by free-spirited ideas of a private company
Itabashi Ward in Tokyo promotes development of a better community by self-effort, mutual aid and public support. The disability aid activities should also be promoted not only by the Ward Office but also by collaboration between community members, including citizens, companies, NPOs and volunteer organizations.
The Fureai Concert that the Ward co-sponsored with Lintec is one of these great collaboration efforts. Providing an opportunity to enjoy a live performance to persons with disabilities, who often face difficulties in participating in a musical event, is a great idea that we, at the Ward Office, could not come up with. We are inspired by the free-spirited ideas of Lintec such as these. I hope we continue this valuable relationship and collaborate with Lintec in realizing a livable ward for every citizen.